Random visual GUI testing: Proof of concept
Paper i proceeding, 2013

Market demands for higher quality software and shorter time-to-market delivery have resulted in a need for new automated software testing techniques. Most automated testing techniques are designed for regression testing that limit their fault finding ability to faults explicitly tested in scenarios/scripts. To overcome this limitation, companies define test processes with several test techniques, e.g. unit testing and random testing (RT). RT is a technique that can be performed manually or automatically with tools such as Fuzz, DART and Quickcheck. However, these tools operate on lower levels of system abstraction, leaving a gap for a Graphical User Interface (GUI), bitmap level, automated RT technique. In this paper we present proof of concept for Random Visual GUI testing (RVGT), a novel automated test technique that combines GUI based testing, Visual GUI Testing, with random testing. Proof of concept for RVGT is evaluated in a three phase study with results that show that RVGT is applicable for both functional and non-functional/quality requirement conformance testing. Furthermore, results from a survey performed in industry indicate that there is industrial need for the technique. These pivotal results show that further research into RVGT is warranted.

Visual GUI testing

Random testing

Proof of concept


Emil Alégroth

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, SEKE 25

2325-9086 (eISSN)

Vol. 2013-January 178-